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The Stanley Cup- Players Pick

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from the Hockey News via ESPN,

"Who do you think has the best chance to win the Stanley Cup this season?" That's what The Hockey News asked 30 NHLers and the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators were tied with nine votes each, while the upstart Carolina Hurricanes were next with five. Montreal's Craig Rivet likes the Senators. "They have a complete team," he said. "They are solid offensively and defensively." New Jersey's Scott Gomez opts for the Wings. "They have a good mix of veterans and young guys," he said.
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Relentless

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from the Hockey News,

So how have the Sabres done it? Quite simply, they're the NHL's most relentless team. "That room always responds," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We know what we have in the room. That's the rewarding part. For the most part you know when you push them what you're going to get.'' Their success comes down to the basics: goaltending, offensive balance and stout special teams.
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Sens Lose Phillips With Sprained Knee

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from TSN,

The Senators got some bad news on Wednesday when it was revealed that defenceman Chris Pronger (Phillips) will miss 3-4 weeks with a sprained left knee. Phillips suffered a second degree sprain of his MCL when he twisted his knee in an awkward collision with New Jersey's Zach Parise on Tuesday night. Phillips limped off the ice and did not return.

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Happy Carter

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from the Vancouver Sun via Canada.com,

Anson Carter's season makes a great story, but Anson Carter's film production company isn't interested. The plot just feels too good. There's this guy who visits in quick succession New York, Washington and Los Angeles, which is great if you're a tourist from Tokyo with five days to see the United States, but isn't so good for a veteran right-winger trying to find a National Hockey League home. Dude gets hurt, has a miserable season and is written off like wooden sticks by many people in hockey.
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Rooting For The Panthers

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

People always ask me if I have a favorite team that I cheer for. The answer is no, as the fan in me died a long time ago. But I do cheer for good stories, so I'll admit that, I'm rooting for the Florida Panthers to beat the odds and make the playoffs. It's not so much that the Panthers are on a roll (and boy, are they on a roll).
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Havlat Close To Returning

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators winger Martin Havlat is expecting to receive good news today in his recovery from shoulder surgery that has sidelined for the past 49 games. Havlat will fly to Toronto for a meeting with shoulder specialist Anthony Miniaci. “I won’t be able to play right away, but I’m expecting to get the clearance,” Havlat said yesterday. “Then, I’ll be able to give it a good test in practice and I’ll be back for the playoffs.” Since no date has been set for his return, it’s safe to guess Havlat is going to need 10 days.
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Why Thornton Deserves The MVP

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from the Mercury News,

• Since Dec. 1, Thornton leads the NHL with 73 points. • Of Jonathan Cheechoo's 45 goals, 38 have come since Dec. 1 -- and Thornton has assisted on 30 of them. • Before Thornton arrived, Gov. Schwarzenegger's approval rating stood at 37 percent. Now it's 40 percent. Coincidence? Don't be naive.

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Clarke OK With Goalie Situation

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from the Courier Post,

Flyers general manger Bob Clarke isn't going to weigh in on whom he thinks should be the Flyers' No. 1 goaltender, but he will say this: He has no problem with anything Robert Esche has said in the past few days. "I don't have a problem with it at all," Clarke said when asked Tuesday night about Esche's belief that Antero Niittymaki has beaten him out as the club's top netminder. "There was no criticism of the coaches, no criticism of the team. It's his assessment, and we don't even know if he's right."
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Cory Who

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from the News & Observer,

Cory Stillman says he can walk into any mall or restaurant in the Triangle and go unrecognized. Not that he really minds. It's just that Stillman looks like so many other 30-somethings. With his closely cropped hair and average build, he could be mistaken for the guy who serves up the beer at the Carolina Ale House rather than the one who serves up another assist to Eric Staal for the Carolina Hurricanes. Stillman's teammates say the veteran forward plays an understated game, one that mirrors his demeanor: hardly loud and flashy, but more solid, consistent and productive.
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NHL Ref Writes Letter Of Support

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from Hockey Refs,

NHL referee Dave Jackson was one of many who wrote a letter in support of disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Jackson, a Canadian from suburban Montreal, Quebec, asked U.S. District Court Judge Paul C. Huck to give a lenient sentence on fraud charges Wednesday.
more More on Abramoff from CNN.

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